"Metro Poles, Art in Action" Closing Party

Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning

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JCAL presents Metro Poles, Art in Action, a curatorial collaboration with the Bronx River Art Center, the Asian American Arts Center, and the Maiden Lane Exhibition Space. Metro Poles, Art in Action debuts on Friday, October 17th with the opening of John Powers: Captain America at the Maiden Lane Exhibition Space located at 125 Maiden Lane, in lower Manhattan. John Powers' Captain America was commissioned by Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, and Maiden Lane Exhibition Space is sponsored by Time Equities Inc.

From October 17, 2008 – January 17, 2009 the four galleries will serve as hubs for creative experimentation. A core group of artists will be given the opportunity to create work in each gallery that reveals their vision of nexus, collaboration, and social relationships. The gallery will be their stage for the duration of a week. Each artist in the core group will then invite an additional artist to continue their work, expanding upon the original artist’s momentum through addition, subtraction, inversion or re-position.

This second group of artists arrives at the galleries the following week to begin the process of creation and revision. That group passes the baton to the next and so on until the second to last week of each of the gallery exhibitions. What would normally be a closing is now an opening as the artwork has been transformed over time. This will continue for the duration of the exhibition with approximately 60 artists participating in the project. Throughout this time, each gallery will function as a collective studio—a site of constant creation and revision. By switching the premise of opening and closing receptions, the final work will be on view during the last week of each exhibition.

The idea for Metro Poles was originally conceived by Heng-Gil Han, JCAL’s curator. It was later developed in collaboration with Jose Ruiz, Bronx River Art Center curator and realized in collaboration with Robert Lee and Elisabeth Akkerman curators of Asian American Arts Centre and The Francis J. Greenburger Collection/Time Equities Inc, New York respectively.

Each gallery will be open for viewing during the entire process. The public will have the rare opportunity to witness the entire progression of artistic evolution. The choice to allow the artist to recommend, inherit and control the course of an exhibition elevates the role of the artist while providing the curators, artists, and viewers an opportunity to interpret the scope of artistic influence and collective intelligence.



January 17, 2009
Panel Discussion and Closing Reception 3-6pm on 17 January 2009

Closing Reception on 2009-01-17 from 15:00 to 18:00

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